Diggers find pharaonic beer-maker tomb in Egypt

A general view shows the main corridor inside the "Serapuem" tomb, near the Saqqara or "Step" Pyramid, south of Cairo. (Reuters)

A tomb of an ancient beer brewer has been discovered in the Egyptian city of Luxor, the country’s minister of antiquities said on Friday.

The tomb was unearthed by Japanese archeologists and is more than 3,000 years old.

Mohammad Ibrahim said on Friday the tomb dates back to the Ramesside period and belongs to the chief "maker of beer for gods of the dead" who was also the head of a warehouse, in comments reported by The Associated Press.

Ibrahim added that the walls of the tomb's chambers contain "fabulous designs and colors, reflecting details of daily life ... along with their religious rituals."

The tomb was discovered during work near another tomb belonging to a statesmen under Amenhotep III, grandfather of the famed pharaoh Tutankhamun, the head of the Japanese team, Jiro Kondo, said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42